Oxford, MS. — The pandemic hit the United States more than a year ago, it forced cities across the nation to come together to show their resilience. One town in the Mid-South was honored for doing just that.
Oxford finished as runner-up for the Strongest Town in America.
“It’s a great town to be a finalist. It’s an awesome place to live. It’s a big town, but also small,” said Mimi Cochran, Ole Miss Student.
Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi, thriving businesses on the Square and a community that has overcome hurdles during the pandemic was the runner-up for the Strongest Town in America.
“Coming in second place is not where we like to be, but it’s an honor to be considered with a group of communities across our country that was nominated as Strongest Town,” Robyn Tannehill, Oxford Mayor.
Initially, Oxford was one of 16 towns in the competition, but it slowly knocked off competitors as close as Bentonville, Arkansas, and as far away as Kenmore, Washington, as votes rolled in.
“Oxford is a strong town, one that takes care of each other and steps up during hard years like the one we have had to find creative ways to help citizens when they’re in need,” said Tannehill.
A town that has a way of sucking people in for the long haul. “
All my cousins, parents, aunt, uncles went to Ole Miss, so I’ve grown up coming here and I love it.,” said Cochran.
And if you’re wondering who came in first place, we’re sending a congratulations to Lockport Illinois.
The Strongest Town in America competition is sponsored by the non-profit Strong Towns. The group said it supports thousands of people across the US and Canada advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world.